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DIY Paint Tray Liners vs. Store-Bought

Using a paint tray liner shortens clean-up big time! Simply pour the leftover paint back into the can to use another time. Carefully rinsing your paint tray lining allows you to reuse it many times.

Latex and oil-based paint products and primers are widespread in most renovations. If the drywall is brand new, a latex primer should suffice on your walls. If you are painting over the surface of any previous water discoloration or wallpaper glue deposits that is unable to come off, an oil-based primer identified as “Kilz” will seal your walls. Kilz is perfect for sealing mildew and heavy staining. It is an ideal product if you will be painting over top of oil-based wood stain that can seep through levels of paint. In a lot of situations, a primer is essential.

Employing a metal paint tray is popular for many individuals using a primer. The oil-based primer often occupies the metal paint tray and then a tray liner is used for latex paint in the exact same tray after to prevent oil and water mixing. Wash and dry your paint tray liner entirely after use to keep it for years to come. Simplify clean-up by examining the instructions on your paint can and cleaning your paint tray liner with your paintbrushes when finished.


The pre-formed, plastic paint tray liners are cheap. They are custom-made to fit within your paint tray. Unfortunately, most individuals believe they are single-use-only and disposable. However, save the planet and just wash them when you are finished! They can last you for years of painting ventures. Avoid implementing a paint tray liner that hasn’t been emptied properly. The excess paint can intermix with your new paint and trash your painting endeavor. Small flakes and pieces of previous paint will glaringly ruin your new paint job. Avoid the potential for disaster by simply cleaning your paint tray liner effectively after each use.

Some DIY paint tray liner ideas can potentially get you through your next painting gig.

Some DIY paint tray liner concepts can potentially get you through your upcoming painting gig.

Make your own paint tray liner with aluminum foil

Estimate a piece of aluminum foil that's six inches in excess of your paint tray. Tuck the aluminum foil into the corners of your paint tray. Fold the aluminum softly on top of the paint tray edges. This type of liner is very delicate. Care need to be given not to rip the foil since it tears without much rubbing. Note that the foil often sticks to the charged roller. Take care not to roll parts of foil into your painting venture. Aluminum foil isn’t the best paint liner selection for large jobs. Return any leftover paint in to the can once you are finished painting. Roll the foil together and dump it properly in the garbage when you are done.

Create a paint tray liner with plastic bags

You may use a disposable plastic bag or kitchen garbage bag for your next paint tray liner. It's easy; just open the plastic bag and slide your paint tray inside. Next, turn the tray over and tape the plastic bag’s loose ends with each other. Pour excess paint back into the can should you have any left in your tray after painting.

It really is simple and fast to clean up afterward. Go ahead and take bag off of the paint tray effortlessly by pulling the bag inside out. If you don’t want to wash and re-use your paint roller, you can add it into the plastic bag. Keep your hands thoroughly clean by using the plastic bag in order to the paint roller sleeve from the cage. This helps you avoid getting toxic paint on your skin. Lastly, tie the bag closed and place it into the garbage. Finally, tie the bag shut and place it into the garbage.

Is a paint tray liner truly necessary?

Of course, you don’t actually need a paint tray liner. It is common for some folks to directly pour their paint into their tray. Put leftover paint back into your can for the next day. Some choose to just allow the paint to dry rather than rinse their paint tray clean. Eventually, your paint tray becomes heavier as the layers of solidified paint accumulate. However, if you're able to safely clean your paint tray instead that could be a better option. It is possible to destroy your newly coloured surface because fresh paint may dissolve previous layers of old paint in the tray and transfer to your new finish.

Liners tend to be a safer option for oil-based paints because they need solvents for cleanup. Some choose to avoid the liner for latex paint since water is the only cleanup necessity. Make clean-up easy by immersing your latex paintbrush inside the paint tray with water. Enjoy your painting endeavor regardless of the method or products you choose.

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